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Virginia’s Ty Jerome remains hobbled with back injury

Virginia v North Carolina State

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 29: Ty Jerome #11 and Kyle Guy #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate following their 66-65 OT win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena on January 29, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

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Virginia point guard Ty Jerome is continuing to recover from a back injury that held him out of Saturday’s Cavaliers’ win over Miami.

Getting an update from Tony Bennett on Monday, Virginia’s coach said he texted with Jerome on Sunday night after the Super Bowl to see how Jerome was feeling. While Jerome told his head coach that he’s feeling better, his status remains uncertain for the week ahead.

Virginia has no games during the week as they get a full week of practice before another ACC showdown with Duke on Saturday. That game might be a key decider for the ACC regular-season title as Jerome’s health, and ability to even play, could be a key storyline leading up to that game.

Listed as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award on Monday, the junior is averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.